Three local East London businesses won part of a £1.1million sum of money at last night’s Creator Awards, a global initiative established by WeWork to reward creators across the globe.

The first business, is Hackney-based Muro. Muro offers a wooden learning tool for children and was created to encourage children to adopt practical learning skills in a digital age. Muro won £54,000 in the Launch category of the awards.

The second business is Shoreditch-based The Hard Yard which was set up by Frankie Bennett and Beth Thayne and aims to train and employ ex-offenders to run tough prison workouts across London. The Hard Yard won £13,500 in the Incubate category.  

The third is Nibs etc, which was Founded by Chloë Stewart. Nibs etc was set up to fight food waste by making delicious food from ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away, and in the hope of inspiring others to do the same. Nibs etc won £13,500 in the Incubate category.

The Creator Awards UK Finals took place at London’s Battersea Evolution yesterday evening, Thursday 14th September, where 19 winners were announced across the initiative’s three competition categories – Incubate, Launch and Scale. The Creator Awards is a global initiative established to recognise and reward creators from all over the globe. Worldwide, the competition will give a total of $20 million to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, non-profits, artists and more. Over £1.1 million has been awarded in the UK.